How NYC Is Planning To Keep Zika Out Of The Subway

By attacking mosquito breeding grounds

NYC Subway
Standing water draws mosquitoes. To deter the Zika virus, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that New York City will turn its attention to the stagnant water in the subway system.Flickr/m01229, CC by 2.0

New York City has finally found an incentive to do something about the stubbornly persistent pools of stagnant water in its subways. Standing water is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes; since Zika is mosquito-borne, officials worry that these pools will help the virus spread.

To combat Zika underground, the state Department of Health and the Manhattan Transportation Authority will be draining water from subway stations. The agencies will also sprinkle larva-killing tablets in puddles across the subway system.

"The serious threat of virus carrying mosquitos makes it even more important to we have clean, functioning drains, and adequate pump equipment, aggressive inspection and pumping schedules to remove standing water [sic]," MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast said in a statement.